Urinary Tract Infections are one of the most commonly diagnosed illnesses in older adults and the #1 reason antibiotics are prescribed in Long Term Care Facilities. Given over 70% of UTIs have been caused by E. coli in the past, it has been considered an infection that is easy to target and treat. However, the development of MDROs (Multi-Drug Resistant Organisms) has complicated the clinical diagnosis and the ease of just following prior evidence-based guidelines for diagnosis and treatment no longer exists. Advanced diagnostics are needed to rapidly and accurately identify the culprit pathogen(s) and rule out the presence of antibiotic resistance. We can no longer assume our first or second-line antibiotics will adequately treat our most common infections.
By utilizing Real-Time PCR for pathogen identification, quantification and detection of antibiotic resistance. PCR is a molecular technique performed in a high complexity laboratory and can be used to precisely analyze the genetic material of pathogens. This advanced technology is 3-5X more sensitive than conventional culture & allows an ability to report both pathogen identification and antibiotic resistance testing results within 12-24 hours of specimen arrival at the lab.
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